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Blackburnian Warbler??

Don Blackwill
 

I had an odd bird in the backyard yesterday. Prominent black and yellow striping on its head—reminiscent of a Townsend’s—but with rust on it’s upper chest and not much streaking. It showed quite a bit of white on it’s wings in flight. Lazy for a warbler. Of the options I found on ibird it most resembled a worn Blackburnian male 4-summer”...
Seems pretty improbable but what else could it be?

Ovenbird at the Ortega Ridge Pines in Summerland

John Callender
 

While birding at the Ortega Ridge Pines above Summerland today I was lucky enough to spot an Ovenbird walking on the ground under the brush canopy. There also were a number of Red-breasted Nuthatches; I reported 3, but there may have been more. Photos, including some poor shots of the Ovenbird, are in the eBird list below:
 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60024186
 
Access at this spot is a little counterintuitive the first time you visit. I usually park at the turnout on the west side of Greenwell Avenue, just south of its intersection with Ortega Ridge Road. The location from which I saw the Ovenbird (34.4280685, -119.6011396) is near the intersection of two private roads (Ortega Ranch Road and Ortega Ranch Lane), but can also be accessed via the public Montecito Trails Foundation trail that leads in from Ortega Ridge Road just west of Ortega Ranch Road. The MTF trails form a network throughout the area to the south and west.
 
John Callender
Carpinteria

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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Ovenbird (2 reports)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2019 15:37 by John Deacon
- Deacon Home, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8871835,-120.432204&ll=34.8871835,-120.432204
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60033464
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Caught on GameCam. I observed it on 9/19 also"

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (2)
- Reported Sep 22, 2019 19:11 by Santiago Lupi
- Dune Pond at COPR, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136777,-119.881839&ll=34.4136777,-119.881839
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60041746
- Comments: "Both were circling around dune pond at dusk. They had white close to their wing tips and a nighthawk shape and flight style."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2019 09:28 by Mark Holmgren
- Dune Pond at COPR, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136777,-119.881839&ll=34.4136777,-119.881839
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60026125
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos "

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2019 11:03 by David Compton
- Ortega Ridge pines, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.428427,-119.600994&ll=34.428427,-119.600994
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60037202
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found earlier in the morning by John Callendar. I refound it at about 11:30 in the lower branches (1-2 ft above the ground) of woody plants at the northwest corner of Ortega Ranch Lane and Ortega Ranch Road. It then dropped to the ground, and I watched it from a distance as it walked around on the ground, in leaf litter and fallen pine needles. I got good, unobstructed views, mostly from a distance of 40 feet or more. The bird was somewhat flighty and obviously aware of me. So I mostly kept a distance and tried to get looks through the vegetation. It was a smallish warbler with a medium-length tail that probably looked shorter because of the long white under tail coverts. The upper parts were mostly a dull olive, except for the head (and possibly the tail, which I think was olive or brownish). The bird was white below with thick, contrasting black streaking on the breast, sides, and at least part of the belly. The bird had a bold white eye ring, a black lateral throat stripe, a yellowish or light brown moustachial stripe, black lateral crown stripes, and a dull chestnut central crown stripe. The bird walked constantly when on the ground, all the time with its tail cocked high. My poor photos show that the legs were pink."

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2019 06:48 by John Callender
- Ortega Ridge pines, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.428427,-119.600994&ll=34.428427,-119.600994
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60024186
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Walking on the ground under the brush canopy near (34.4280685, -119.6011396). Olive above, white with heavy black streaks below, orange crown stripe bordered by black, white eye ring. Walked with a sedate pace and a cocked tail."

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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Broad-winged Hawk (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Sep 20, 2019 08:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Goleta slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4204415,-119.8395016&ll=34.4204415,-119.8395016
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60044395
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Juvenile yellow-crowned night heron sitting on a wire with a juvenile black-crowned night heron; has a thicker bill"

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2019 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Jalama Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5118043,-120.4485333&ll=34.5118043,-120.4485333
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60059858
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "As fog lifted, TVs began to lift off from a roost along creek two miles east of US1. They formed a kettle of c.40 birds. A small Buteo flew up from the same roost site and joined the kettle. It had pointed wings with dark trailing edge. Characteristic fast and shallow flap-flap-flap glide flight. Photos show broad bands in tail (not seen at the time). Kettle split in two. Hawk went with group headed south-south-east to hill with radio masts.."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2019 06:30 by Eduardo Jimenez
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60044009
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Surprise bird. Observed by others. Photo taken."

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Vesper Sparrow @ LLC

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was what I believe was a Vesper Sparrow at Lake Los Carneros this am (Tues).  It had a conspicuous complete eyering and a small patch of rufous feathers on its shoulder. When it flew off I could see that it had white outer tail feathers. It was in the middle of the path that heads north on the eastern side of the lake at 34.441718, -119.845728.  Lehman reports this as a "rare fall transient" along the south coast.  I didn't see any other species of note this am.

Photo at;
https://flic.kr/p/2hkmic6
 
Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Solitary Sandpipers, Sedgwick Reserve (Restricted Access)

Peter Schneekloth
 

During the weekly bird survey at Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) several interesting birds were found including two Solitary Sandpipers, Bell's Sparrow and a continuing Western Wood-Pewee that gave great looks. The complete list here:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60108303 

Photos of some of the birds also at my flickr site:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48795143521/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)
- Bobolink (2 reports)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (2)
- Reported Sep 25, 2019 11:14 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60109457
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small tringa conspicuous eye ring, slight bobbing movements, raised wings slowly lowered upon landing, dark barring on tail seen in flight"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (2)
- Reported Sep 25, 2019 11:14 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60108303
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small tringa conspicuous eye ring"

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (2)
- Reported Sep 24, 2019 13:56 by Matt Yawney
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60097127
- Comments: "With chipping sparrows and similar in size but with plainer face and no dark eyeline. Also having duller color. "

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Sep 25, 2019 10:55 by Matt Yawney
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60116814
- Comments: "Will post photos. Yellow and dark brown. Neat pattern. In the weeds and grass. "

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Sep 25, 2019 10:15 by Cat Abbott
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0489615,-119.5560551&ll=34.0489615,-119.5560551
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60119236
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Pics to add."

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Vultures moving

Mark Holmgren
 

Early this morning I watched for raptors from three different positions on San Miguelito Canyon Road, between Lompoc and South Vandenberg AFB. A burst of 70 vultures were up and moving shortly after dawn. 1 vulture allowed itself to drift north. All others headed south. Very blustery conditions made watching difficult. Winds generally out of the south causing slow passage by the high-flying vultures. Map of my 3 positions to be added later. Checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60130901

A Hermit Warbler was with a flock of Townsend’s Warblers in Miguelito County Park.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass area

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- California Condor (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (2)
- Reported Sep 25, 2019 14:00 by Kate Winton
- Big Sur, CA, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.417428,-119.671445&ll=34.417428,-119.671445
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60120346
- Comments: "Observed both flying over the A-frame house just south of Napenthe restaurant. One landed on a rock outcropping above us—slate grey with white “W”shaped marking visible underside of wing when it took off and flew 40’ above our heads. "

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2019 13:04 by Libby Lindsay
- 400 Block South K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6333845,-120.4617834&ll=34.6333845,-120.4617834
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60129436
- Comments: "Reddish crest; white throat with black moustache; greenish-yellow wings; gray head and body. 1st sighting at home address.."

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Coronado seep area last few days

Ron Hirst
 

I birded the area at lunch the last few days and best bird was a crisply marked Hammond's Flycatcher on Tues. in the willow/euc area at the end of Ellwood. Thurs 12:30 was very quiet and birdless. Birds mostly on Tues/Wed included 1 Hairy and 2 Downy Woodpecker, 10 Juncos, a couple Wilson's Warblers, a few Townsends Warblers and OC Warbers and Common Yellowthroats, a CB Chickadee, 6 Oak Titmouse, 40 munia, 20 House Finch, 3 Bewicks and 1 House Wren, 10 Lesser Goldfinch, some Annas and Allens hummers, a few small Bushtit flocks.  Ron Hirst, SB

Santa Cruz Island

Hugh Ranson
 

I spent yesterday (9/26) at Scorpion Valley on Santa Cruz Island (I would love to have been out there today with this high overcast). I had a good time despite low numbers of migrants. Best birds were a Bobolink and a Blackpoll, both of which were near the fruiting fig trees in the lower campground. It was novel to see the Bobolink feeding on the ground with the Song and White-crowned Sparrows rather than teed up in grasses or corn. Photos of the Bobolink here:


Other birds included Vesper Sparrow, Western Wood-pewee, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 3-4 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 3 Western Tanagers, and a Yellow Warbler. There is a very cooperative SCI Loggerhead Shrike in the ranch house yard that you can walk right up to. I've been going out to Scorpion in the fall now for several years, and this is the first time I've seen no spizellas or empids.

A birder I met on the boat went on to Prisoners, so it was good to compare notes on the return journey. He saw even fewer migrants and nothing of real note. Of interest was that he saw 4 Island Scrub-Jays, his target bird. At Scorpion I lost track of how many Jay sighting I had--they were seemingly all over the place. I have a photo with 5 in one frame. Employees at the concession confirmed that the Jay population at Scorpion has exploded in the last year. Even just a few years ago Jays were hard to find at this location. It might be that those looking for the Jay consider making Scorpion their destination now that it is a reliable location; there are generally more birds to see there of other species, and there are more hiking options if the birding is slow.

Having said all that, Island Packers will be stopping its service to Scorpion on November 1st whilst the pier is rebuilt. The job is hoped to be  finished within 4 months (we'll see!).

Not too much to report from the passage. A score or two of Black-vented Shearwaters, a Pink-footed, 30 or so Red-necked Phalaropes. No alcids.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Santa Cruz Island

Nick Lethaby
 

The Island Scrub Jays have probably been reliable at Scorpion for about 3 years now. There are also a zillion more if one hikes up Scorpion Canyon and up towards Montanon Ridge, which is easily done in the time available. As Hugh points out, the Island Loggerhead Shrike is also reliable at Scorpion but difficult at Prisoners.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hugh Ranson
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2019 4:38 PM
To: sbcobirding
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Santa Cruz Island

 

I spent yesterday (9/26) at Scorpion Valley on Santa Cruz Island (I would love to have been out there today with this high overcast). I had a good time despite low numbers of migrants. Best birds were a Bobolink and a Blackpoll, both of which were near the fruiting fig trees in the lower campground. It was novel to see the Bobolink feeding on the ground with the Song and White-crowned Sparrows rather than teed up in grasses or corn. Photos of the Bobolink here:

 

 

Other birds included Vesper Sparrow, Western Wood-pewee, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 3-4 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 3 Western Tanagers, and a Yellow Warbler. There is a very cooperative SCI Loggerhead Shrike in the ranch house yard that you can walk right up to. I've been going out to Scorpion in the fall now for several years, and this is the first time I've seen no spizellas or empids.

 

A birder I met on the boat went on to Prisoners, so it was good to compare notes on the return journey. He saw even fewer migrants and nothing of real note. Of interest was that he saw 4 Island Scrub-Jays, his target bird. At Scorpion I lost track of how many Jay sighting I had--they were seemingly all over the place. I have a photo with 5 in one frame. Employees at the concession confirmed that the Jay population at Scorpion has exploded in the last year. Even just a few years ago Jays were hard to find at this location. It might be that those looking for the Jay consider making Scorpion their destination now that it is a reliable location; there are generally more birds to see there of other species, and there are more hiking options if the birding is slow.

 

Having said all that, Island Packers will be stopping its service to Scorpion on November 1st whilst the pier is rebuilt. The job is hoped to be  finished within 4 months (we'll see!).

 

Not too much to report from the passage. A score or two of Black-vented Shearwaters, a Pink-footed, 30 or so Red-necked Phalaropes. No alcids.

 

Hugh Ranson

Santa Barbara

 


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- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2019 18:13 by John Deacon
- Deacon Home, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8871835,-120.432204&ll=34.8871835,-120.432204
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60150426
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird at my feeders. Caught on GameCam."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 27, 2019 08:30 by Kevin Schwartz
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60151717
- Comments: "Continuing.. smaller than Double-crested and with white bordering bill."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Sep 27, 2019 10:13 by Libby Patten
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60156433
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juveniles. Dark gray back with small white spots. Long greenish legs, steep forehead, thick black bill. Both next to channel near parking lot platform. Continuing. Will post photo. "

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (2)
- Reported Sep 24, 2019 13:56 by Jeremy Yawney
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60166236
- Comments: "With chipping sparrows and similar in size but with plainer face and no dark eyeline. Also having duller color. "

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SB Bird Refuge Sat. morning

Ron Hirst
 

Medium abundance and nothing rare. A WF Ibis on the populated mudbar at 3rd viewing platform. 2 Cassin's Kingbirds, hundreds of Shovelers, 25 Snowy Egrets, 40 BN Stilts. 5 Great Egrets 12 BC Night Herons, 3 GB Herons. A juvenile stripe-faced Pied Billed Grebe. A western Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper. 5 YR Warblers at Cemetery.  Ron Hirst, SB

Gray Vireo

Hugh Ranson
 

There's a Gray Vireo at Elings Park (south side--paraglider side). It's been in fennel, coyote brush and weeds on both sides of the main trail. When I just left it it was near the bike jump. Access from the end of Calle Montilla. Other birders present. First mainland SB record, I believe.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Gray Vireo photos

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More Gray Vireo photos

David Levasheff
 

In a Flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157711106220548

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David



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Santa Barbara

Chestnut-sided Warbler at Nojoqui

Rebecca Coulter
 

Birders,
This morning while leading a group for the SYV Natural History Society, I found a Chestnut-sided Warbler in the sycamores along the northeastern boundary of the park., near the restroom. Yellow-green above, light chestnut wash along the sides, white wing bars and white eye ring. Very actively foraging among the sycamores on both sides of the creek. Birding was somewhat slow in the intermittent drizzle, but the expected migrants were present in small numbers. Of note were at least two Mountain Bluebirds in the field to the east of the park, a single calling Red-breasted Nuthatch, and three high-flyover White-tailed Kites heading northwest.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Re: SB Bird Refuge Sat. morning/Tropical

Ron Hirst
 

On review of photos of the Kingbirds sitting together one has more yellow on upper breast especially near wing top bend, and bigger bill, and more white on chin, and had greenish back making me consider it mostly Tropical. But it is a very dull one without clean yellow upper breast. The upper breast is a mixture of gray and yellow. Ron Hirst

possible sage thrasher, SYR at Lompoc

Don Tate
 

Saturday 12:50 PM while walking sans bins on Hancock College Bike Path along edge of river plain, I heard an unfamiliar vociferation, much repeated. Consistent with Xeno-Canto examples of Sage Thrasher call. It popped up looking like a thrasher, but too gray and short-billed to be Cal Thrash. It overflew me to other side of canyon mouth, and I saw fairly big white spots along the rear edge of long (for a dickie bird) tail. It looked mockingbird-ish, but I think I would have discerned any big white patches in wings. I didn't scan it quickly enough to make out any streaking on breast.

The canyon mouth is where the bike path from Hwy 1 near old drive-in turns north toward Hancock College.

Don Tate, Vandenberg Village